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The GIGABYTE Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 is a solid motherboard with a lot of platform features and a nice amount of gaming features.

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Warcraft III updated, includes 16:9 support and HEAPS MORE

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 7 hours, 54 mins ago

Blizzard has surprised Warcraft III players with a huge update to their RTS that was released all the way back in 2002, and while there have been annual patches, this new patch delivers a lot of new stuff.




Warcraft III's new patch includes huge adjustments for the heroes, adds 16:9 widescreen support, and more. Blizzard are lining Warcraft III right next to Overwatch for eSports in the future, with the developer announcing the Warcraft III Invitational for February 27 at 1PM PT and February 28 at 11AM PT.


The full list of updates for Warcraft III can be found here.

NVIDIA to launch new GeForce GTX series during GTC 2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 9 hours, 35 mins ago

I've just gotten off the phone with a well-placed source in the industry who has told me that NVIDIA will indeed be launching a new GeForce GTX series at GTC 2018.




During NVIDIA's own GPU Technology Conference we should see the company launch the GeForce GTX 2080 and GTX 2070, although the naming scheme on them could change. We could see the GTX 1180 and GTX 1170, which wouldn't surprise me. Inside, the card will be running a refreshed Ampere architecture that should have even more power under the hood, as well as improved power efficiency over Pascal.


NVIDIA should be launching their new cards in late-April or early-May. NVIDIA traditionally hosts an Editor's Day to unveil their new GeForce graphics cards, but my source said this is being shifted around to GTC 2018.


NVIDIA will be detailing a new GPU architecture during GTC 2018 according to my source, which would have to be something completely new that succeeds Volta. Ampere shouldn't be something NVIDIA would call a "new architecture", so this is where the new Turing GPU architecture comes into play. All of these stories are coming together and forming a very exciting picture.


I'll be at GTC 2018 this year bringing you everything from the show itself, live.

Final Fantasy XV DLC continues into 2019

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 20 hours, 9 mins ago

Final Fantasy XV's DLC schedule will extend into next year, further illustrating Square Enix's long-term business model for the game.




According to a recent interview with Dengeki Online, FFXV game director Hajime Tabata says the game's forthcoming four DLC episodes will be spaced out to end in 2019, with three packs launching in 2018 and the last expansion releasing next year. The decision to release a fourth DLC came during the development of Episode Ardyn, where the team drew inspiration from the in-game world to squeeze out more content.


More expansions could follow in the future especially with the Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition coming soon. Revamped with a resurgence of buyers and players with the PC flavor, Square Enix could continue rolling out new updates for the foreseeable future especially with mod support and the Comrades online multiplayer mode expected to keep players engaged.

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IBM's Watson AI might be coming to a game near you

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 22 hours, 10 mins ago

AI is weird, but seemingly useful technology that can either be a boon or a bane to humanity depending on how it's used. But the best use for it? Helping make video games, of course.




IBM and Unity have teamed up to bring the former's Watson AI tech to the latter's game-powering toolhouse, a post on the Unity 3D Blog reveals. But what exactly can Watson offer game devs, specifically? The potential uses include strong speech recognition for more interactive experiences, visual recognition to do the very same, both of which can help AR and VR mature.


"IBM and Unity are launching the IBM Watson Unity SDK on the Unity Asset Store, enabling developers to easily integrate Watson cloud services into their Unity applications such as visual recognition, speech to text, and language classification. The SDK makes it easy for developers to take advantage of modern AI techniques through a set of cloud-based services," reads the post.

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Sonic movie set for 2019

By: Derek Strickland | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 1 day ago

SEGA has ironed out a release date for the Sonic movie...and yes, it's live action with CG elements.




The Sonic film will release November 15, 2019, SEGA has revealed, and Paramount Pictures has signed an agreement to co-produce the movie along with the games-maker. The blue blur's inaugural flick will meld live action (please no) with predictable CGI features and SEGA's in-house MARZA animation studio is spear-heading the project in a key way.


Interestingly enough SEGA and Paramount have secured outside talent including Neal H. Moritz who worked on the Fast and the Furious series, director Jeff Fowler, and executive producer Tim Miller who directed the Deadpool movie.

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Xbox saves work with Final Fantasy XV on PC

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 1 hour ago

In a bid to maximize sales and exposure, Square Enix has enabled some nifty features for Final Fantasy XV's PC version--including cross-play and cross-saves between Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One consoles.




If you're an Xbox owner who plans on double-dipping with Final Fantasy XV on PC then Square Enix has a nice surprise in store: you won't have to start over from scratch. The publisher confirms that saves between FFXV on Xbox One and the Windows Edition are compatible, but only if you buy the game from the Microsoft Store.


The game's online Comrades multiplayer mode will also support cross-play between the two systems to add in a nice little touch of cross-platform action. "The save data from the Windows 10 version of FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION is compatible with the Xbox One version of FINAL FANTASY XV. In addition, a post-launch update for FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION will enable Windows 10 and Xbox One cross play for FINAL FANTASY XV MULTIPLAYER EXPANSION: COMRADES," Square Enix wrote in a press release.

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Luigi's Balloon World/new outfits for Super Mario Odyssey

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 8 hours ago

Following up on the update that I found yesterday that was coming to Super Mario Odyssey, we now have Luigi's Balloon World as a new mini-game as well as a bunch of new outfits.




The update follows an image that was released yesterday giving vague details of what we should of expected today. Alas that suspense has subsided, we now have Luigi's Balloon World as an available mini-game to play after the main story of Super Mario Odyssey is completed.


Bundled in with this update is also a bunch of new outfits for Mario, these include as follows: Musician Hat & Outfit, Sunshine Shades & Outfit, and Knight Helmet & Armor. All of these outfits have been added to the post-game shop.

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Nintendo Switch adds another 18 new games in a week

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 9 hours ago

It is a big week for Nintendo as their as been much speculation to a Nintendo Direct coming sometime soon as well as updates being pushed out for Super Mario Odyssey. More importantly though, the Nintendo Switch will be adding a further 18 games to its EShop library.




Most of the games that are being added would fall under the 'indie' genre but that doesn't mean that they should be discouraged in anyway. This week we will be seeing a great selection of puzzle games coming to the EShop, examples would include, Typoman, Toki Tori 2, Puzzle Puppers and more.


For a full list of the games that are being added to the Nintendo EShop visit the official Nintendo Switch upcoming games website, for those interested the link can be found here.

Paladins remove their loot box system after community uproar

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 10 hours ago

It has been decided by Hi-Rez Studios executive producer Chris Larson that there will be removal of the highly controversial loot box system that was added to Paladins.




Hi-Rez Studios has decided that their pay-to-win update needs to go, Larson has come forward and spoke about the recent decision "We know this system has angered many of our most loyal fans and become a point of continuous contention in the Paladins community (and even inside of Hi-Rez). Your voice has been heard loud and clear. Our team will be working over the next major release cycle to remove Cards Unbound from the game."


According to IGN, the initial update for Cards Unbound was highly controversial within Hi-Rez Studios as the designers believed that the update was "pay-to-win." The inside source claims that this update was still pushed out to the live game from studio higher ups despite the concerns of other developers.

New Battlefield title will be available at EA PLAY 2018

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 11 hours ago

It may still be early in the year but that doesn't mean publishers aren't already gearing up for E3 2018. EA is one of these publishers, announcing at this year's E3 participants will get the chance to play the next Battlefield title.




It has been confirmed on EA's official website that those that wish come to EA PLAY will also get the chance to dive into the intricacies inside of Anthem. "At EA PLAY 2018, you will have a chance to play our next Battlefield experience, new EA SPORTS games, and get an inside look at the stunning new action game, Anthem. The Sims 4 and our mobile games will be on hand, and of course, we have a few surprises as well."


EA PLAY will also be featuring mobile games, Sims 4 as well as information about EA titles as well as live streams of upcoming titles. EA PLAY is going to be held at the Hollywood Palladium on June 9th-11th on Saturday at 2PM - 8PM.